Engineering - Mechanical Engineering - Manufacturing Process & Automation Systems
This course is offered in response to sustained international demand for highly skilled graduates in mechanical engineering for manufacturing and process engineering industries. On completion of the course, you will be able to:
show a thorough understanding of the principles and theoretical bases of modern manufacturing techniques, automation, and production processes
identify appropriate manufacturing systems for different production requirements and analyse their performance
apply appropriate technology, quality tools and manufacturing methodology to design, re-design and continuously improve the manufacturing operations of engineering companies
plan, research, execute and oversee experiments and research projects, critically analyse and interpret data, and effectively disseminate results
work effectively as a member of a multidisciplinary team, be self-motivated, able to work independently and demonstrate leadership
Students take 90 credits as follows:
In Part I, students must take 20 credits of core modules and select 40 credits of elective modules.
Part II consists of a dissertation in Mechanical Engineering to the value of 30 credits, which is completed over the summer months.
Modules in Part I are offered subject to availability. Alternative modules may be offered. The choice of modules is subject to the approval of the Programme Coordinator.
Why Choose This Course
This is the only broad-based masters degree in manufacturing and automation in Ireland.
Candidates must have an honours Bachelor Degree (NQF Level 8 or equivalent) with a minimum grade 2H2 in mechanical engineering or a closely related engineering discipline that should have covered mechanical engineering fundamentals such as mechanics, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics and materials. Candidates for whom English is not their primary language, should possess an IELTS of 6.5 (or TOEFL equivalent) with no less than 6.0 in each individual category.
English Language Requirements
Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university approved English language requirements available here.
For applicants with qualifications completed outside of Ireland
Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements, please find our grades comparison by country here.
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For more information please contact the International Office.
Individual modules have different methods of assessment but this typically consists of a single end-of-semester examination in December or April/May, plus continuous assessment throughout the relevant semester. This continuous assessment may consist of a combination of in-class tests, formal laboratories or practicals, design exercises, project work, written reports and presentations. Any repeat examinations are held in August.
Students who pass but fail to achieve an average mark of at least 50% across the taught modules excluding the Preliminary Research Project (ME6019) or do not achieve a mark of at least 50% in the Preliminary Research Project (ME6019) will be eligible for the award of a Postgraduate Diploma in Mechanical Engineering (Manufacturing, Process and Automation Systems). Candidates passing Part I of the programme who do not wish to proceed to Part II may opt to be conferred with a Postgraduate Diploma in Mechanical Engineering (Manufacturing, Process and Automation Systems).
ME6019 Preliminary Research Project (10 credits)
MG6021 Operations Management (5 credits)
MG6315 Project Management (5 credits)
Students must select a total of 40 credits of elective modules from Group A and Group B, with not less than 25 credits from Group A, the balance of credits from Group B, and with no more than 30 credits of elective modules selected in any single Semester:
Group A elective modules (all 5 credits):
ME6006 Non-Destructive Testing
ME6007 Mechanical Systems
ME6009 Industrial Automation and Control
ME6012 Advanced Robotics
CE6024 Finite Element Analysis
EE4012 Biomedical Design
Group B elective modules (all 5 credits):
PE6009 Pharmaceutical Engineering
PE6002 Optimisation and Continuous Process Improvement
PE6003 Process Validation and Quality
PE6007 Mechanical Design of Process Equipment
CE3010 Energy in Buildings
CE4016 Energy Systems in Buildings
ME6020 Dissertation in Mechanical Engineering (30 credits)
Full details may be found in the College Calendar. Module descriptions may be found in the Book of Modules.
Further details on the modules listed above can be found in our book of modules. Any modules listed above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course but are subject to change from year to year.
You can find the full academic content for the current year of any given course in our University Calendar.
1 year full-time
Start Date 7 September 2020
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Skills and Careers Information
In response to increasing demand for highly skilled graduates in the field of mechanical engineering applied to the manufacturing and pharma-chem industries, this course will produce mechanical engineering postgraduates who are proficient in the development and realisation of modern manufacturing, process and automation systems. This is achieved through developing an understanding of the concepts of manufacturing systems, and the skills to analyse, design and implement manufacturing systems in practice. This is combined with an understanding of process automation and operational management. The course will equip you with an-up-to date knowledge of manufacturing techniques and processes.